This wonderful orchid pin is the smaller sister to the huge orchid pin (item #twt 2868) separately listed and shown in photos. That one measures 3 1/2" x 2 3/4" while this one measures 2 1/8" x 1 7/8" and the medium-sized one measures 2 1/2" x 2 1/4" (twt3143).
Like the others, the petals and other parts are all accented by rows of shiny faceted marcasites. The .935 silver (higher grade than sterling which is .925) has been modelled to make the petals appear ruffled in a very skillful way to emulate the way the real-life cattleya orchid is formed. The petals are enamelled in shades of purple and mauve with a mottling of rusty-orange flecks and a great complimentary contrasting green. There is a touch of light lime or yellow enamel on the outer cup bottom. The color of the enamel on this one is in a slightly deeper, denser range. Also, the silver is more tarnished and we have chosen to leave it that way so you will have the option to polish it brighter, or not.
On page 162 of the book, 'Antique Enameled Jewelry', a similar orchid pin is depicted. This one far exceeds that pin in color and quality. Even the way the pinback spans the back of the pin shows better construction. You will be thrilled with this pin.
The condition is very good but there are 6 tiny marcasites missing (when viewed more than 10" from the naked eye you cannot see the missing stones and loose stones can be bought on the internet and can be replaced for a nominal fee - we have chosen to sell it 'as is' and it is priced accordingly).
On the back side the tip of one of the petals it is marked '935' with no maker's hallmark. We believe this was made in Germany and likely designed by Alice Caviness. Over the years we have had other enamel and sterling orchid pins in this design and some have been marked Germany.
The last few photos show this orchid pin alongside others so you can get an idea of their similarities and relative scale. Clearly this design was by one maker and done in several different sizes.